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Chewy Butter Cookies

(Link: allrecipes.com/recipe/22850/chewy-sugar-cookies/)

Ingredients


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 1/4 cups margarine / butter
2 cups white sugar 
2 eggs 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1/4 cup white sugar for decoration

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla.
Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just blended. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.
Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly.

3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Prep 10 m | Cook 15 m | Ready In 25 m


Soft Christmas Butter Cookies

(Link: allrecipes.com/recipe/10110/soft-christmas-cookies/)

“American tradition - A classic tradition for many American households, the sugar cookie can easily transform from a ball of white dough to a snowflake, Christmas tree or festive candy cane.”

Ingredients

3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup margarine, softened 
1 1/2 cups white sugar 
2 eggs 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.

3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
 

Prep 20 m | Cook 8 m | Ready In 3 h

Video: allrecipes.com/video/4878/soft-christmas-cookies/

 

Spritz Cookies

“Scandinavian tradition - Rich and buttery, Spritz cookies are easy to customize for any season. During Christmastime, these cookies can be seen in the shape of a Christmas tree to colored with red and green food dye.”

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup butter, softened 
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar 
2 egg yolks 
1/2 teaspoon almond extract 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Sift together the flour and salt; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg yolks, almond extract and vanilla extract. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients. Fill a cookie press with dough and shoot cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. If you like, decorate with sugar or sprinkles at this time.

3. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven.
 

Prep 10 m | Cook 6 m | Ready In 18 m

 

Kolachky

“Polish tradition - This Polish cookie is traditionally filled with fruit jam and can be enjoyed alone or served with ice cream.”

Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature 
2 cups unsalted butter, softened 
4 cups all-purpose flour 
1 pound chopped walnuts 
1 egg 
1/2 cup honey 
1 (12 ounce) can poppyseed filling 
1 egg white 
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting
 

Directions

1. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and butter until well blended. I like to use my hands, but you can also use a wooden spoon. Mix in the flour 1 cup at a time. As the dough becomes stiff, turn it out onto the counter and knead in flour until it is no longer sticky. Continue to knead the dough for 5 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Crush the walnuts to a fine consistency in a food processor. Stir in the egg and honey. On a well floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut the dough into 3x3 inch squares. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each square. Use walnut for some and poppyseed for the rest. Roll the squares up and seal the edges. These can also be formed into triangles. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Brush with egg white.

3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. When cool, dust with confectioners' sugar.


Prep 1 h | Cook 15 m | Ready In 1 h 55 m

 

Jule Kaga

(Link: allrecipes.com/recipe/7050/jule-kaga/)

"Norwegian tradition - Though this is not a cookie, this sweet bread is a Christmas tradition in Norway. Jule Kaga is typically covered in candied fruits and nuts."

Ingredients

2 cups scalded milk 
1 cup butter, melted 
2 teaspoons salt 
1 cup white sugar 
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast 
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) 
8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 tablespoon ground cardamom 
1/2 cup candied cherries, sliced 
1/2 cup chopped candied citron 
1 cup golden raisins 
1 egg white, beaten
 

Directions

1. Dissolve yeast in water.

2. Scald milk, and add melted butter or margarine, salt, sugar. When lukewarm add to yeast and water. Stir in 4 cups flour. Cover, and place in a warm place. Let rise for about 2 hours, or till doubled in bulk.

3. Punch down. Stir in cardamom, cherries, raisins and citron. Work in remaining flour until soft dough forms. Let rise in warm place for 2 to 3 hours, or until doubled.

4. Knead slightly, and form into 4 round loaves. Place on greased cookie sheets. Let rise for 1 to 2 hours, or till doubled. Brush loaves with beaten egg white.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

 
Prep 20 m | Cook 40 m | Ready In 6 h

 

Vanillebrötle

(Link. www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/1804521291817911/Vanillebroetle.html)

"German tradition - Created by mixing a few ingredients, drying overnight and baking in the morning, Vanillebrötle is an airy cookie that can be transformed into many different shapes for Christmas."

Zutaten

5 Ei(er) 
500 g  Zucker
500 g  Mehl, ca.
2 Pck. Vanillinzucker
 

Zubereitung

1. Eier und Zucker gut schaumig rühren. Vanillin und Mehl untermischen. Mit kleinem Löffel Häufchen auf Backpapier setzen. Am besten über Nacht trocknen lassen.

2. Am anderen Tag bei 160 Grad auf der untersten Schiene ca. 18 Min. hellgelb backen. Durch das Trocknen werden sie beim Backen oben hell, bleiben glatt und bekommen "Füßchen".

Gibt ca. 80 Plätzchen.


Arbeitszeit: ca. 40 Min. | Ruhezeit: ca. 12 Std. | Backzeit: ca. 18 Min.